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Interzone / Re: The brain acting as a reduction valve.
« on: March 05, 2010, 07:41:30 PM »
Its mentioned as "Latent inhibition" in AI and psych literature. Its what allows animals to separate the relevant from irrelevant while preventing sensory overload.


Most people are able to ignore the constant stream of incoming stimuli, but this capability is reduced in those with low latent inhibition. It is hypothesized that a low level of latent inhibition can cause either psychosis or a high level of creative achievement[3] or both, which is usually dependent on the subject's intelligence.[4][2] Those of above average intelligence are thought to be capable of processing this stream effectively, enabling their creativity. Those with less than average intelligence, on the other hand, are less able to cope, and so as a result are more likely to suffer from mental illness.[5]

The "Monty Hall Problem" is sometimes used to illustrate the effects of bounded rationality and latent inhibition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Hall_problem

Metal / Re: New DARKTHRONE album "Circle the Wagons" available 3/8/10
« on: February 28, 2010, 05:55:48 PM »
So today I downloaded the album from the audiofile thread and loaded up track 5, mistakenly thinking that it was track 8 - the one that was on youtube before. After listening for a couple minutes I came to the conclusion that I had been successfully trolled by whoever uploaded it - as if him and a couple friends just bullshitted some tracks in an hour or two to see how many morons wouldn't be able to tell it from the new Darkthrone. So I left for lunch laughing to myself "haha good one". An hour later I come home and load up the album again and realize I was listening to the wrong track - fuck'n hell the upload was real haha.

Metal / Re: Burzum - Belus (March 2010)
« on: February 27, 2010, 05:34:23 PM »
So in what way does the United States NOT act like an imperial power?

Empires are great.

Dysfunctional ones not so much haha.

Metal / Re: Appreciating Metal Vocals
« on: February 27, 2010, 04:05:12 AM »
Varg's early vocal style had a WIDE range, especially compared to the toneless stuff most bands do, and they are some of the few metal vocals that seem to have any real emotional force.  I definitely wish more bands went this route for vocal style.  Of course, still nowhere near as important as the actual music.

I think one of the more legitimate complaints about metal is the flatness of a lot of the vocals - although its probably appropriate for a lot of situations.

Something like this is pretty similar in aesthetic to metal vocals but somehow has more depth to it:

Interzone / Re: The truth about dating
« on: February 25, 2010, 03:15:18 PM »
I have also learned that interracial relationships are actually genetically favorable because of an increase in variance of genes

Favorable to what extent?

Its pointless to use genetics in this type of argument. Mostly it just involves dipshits with a limited understanding of the topic trying to use it to justify their own morality.

Interzone / Re: Ants more noble than modern humans
« on: February 20, 2010, 09:00:28 PM »
What's the point of constructing such a large divide between instinct and rational thought? They're very tightly coupled. It might even be that there is no distinction at all, aside from the strength of the connections in the neural pathways involved.

Obviously anything that needs rapid response times is going to be processed nonconsciously out of pure necessity. Take walking for example, you make conscious decisions about the general parameters involved, but all the fine motor adjustments required to make it happen operate on their own (walking is actually controlled falling btw). For certain things you just have to repeat the action until it becomes second nature and automatic to be fully viable. If you watch people who have mastered an instrument, they operate pretty much effortlessly while playing.

When you have an action that is so heavily repeated that it becomes completely fundamental to the essence of the being, it may eventually become instinct (a set of patterns an organism comes with right out of the box).

It seems like there is more of a gradient between instinct and high level conscious thought instead of any single divide. The question in any matter is: to what extent is an organism capable of performing this task.

Interzone / Re: Ants more noble than modern humans
« on: February 18, 2010, 03:16:30 PM »
Sounds like the news reporter is drawing his own conclusions based off the study. Most scientists are very careful with the words they use to describe things.

The reason why they leave the colony is because they sense death is imminent.

This looks like the only thing that can really be taken home from the article.

Explaining the low level motivations for choosing to die outside of the hive is another matter entirely.

It seems like altruism results from and artificial increase of Utility stemming from irrational factors. Let see 2 examples:

Scenario 1:
1) A is obsessively in love with B
2) B's utility for A is 0.
3) A's utility for A is 10.
4) A's utility for B is 11 due to #1.
5) A would sacrifice A to save B because 11 > 10.

Is #5 altruistic? Its based on a very irrational premise, so probably.

Senario 2:
1.) A's utility for A is 10
2.) A's utility for social group H is 10
3.) A will explode in the near future no matter what happens
4.) A's utility for A is now 0 due to #3
5.) A will move away from H since 10 > 0

Altruistic? Not so much.

Is irrational behaviour actually rational behaviour masked by complicated social, environmental and temporal contexts? Are emotions the result of an individual's adaptations for operating in various intersecting social networks? Fear and Anger helps one operate within the network of predators and prey in ones surrounding environment, so its not surprising that most animals can display these emotions. The types of emotions an intelligent agent can display must be related to the complexity of its social networks.

In the end, the ant probably doesn't need any emotional or altruistic tendencies to make the rational decision to save the hive. Without the hive the ant is as good as dead, so at worst, it must have the same utility value as its own sense of self preservation. If the ant knows its going to die from something, its rational to die alone to prevent contamination of the hive.

Metal / Re: Piano metal
« on: February 10, 2010, 12:46:18 AM »
Might be interesting on organ since you wont lose the wall of sound effect that distorted guitars have.

Interzone / Re: Firearms, Weapons, Legality, Availabilty
« on: January 26, 2010, 08:00:32 PM »
Walls really don't seem to block much of anything haha.


Interzone / Nazis and Nationalism
« on: January 14, 2010, 11:35:42 AM »
I really have trouble understanding how someone who listens to death metal and black metal can be horrified by neo-nazis.

Interzone / Re: Genetic Engineering
« on: December 31, 2009, 04:55:06 PM »
I always see the argument of "chemical compounds aren't unnatural, they were derived from natural products" or "nothing humans do can be considered unnatural." Our actions are physical manifestations. Humans are natural as black holes.These arguments are basically sidestepping the argument that chemical compounds or humans are unsustainable. So I must disagree with you on that minor point, NHA. I'm just clarifying (hopefully) the implications regarding what you've said.

I agree it can be used as an excuse for people to sidestep any responsibility, but i was more fixated on the idea of there being little distinction between something natural or man-made. Whether or not something is sustainable or just completely broken is a separate issue i suppose - nature itself produces species that cant sustain itself in the long term. In the end, some things work, some things don't, and we have a responsibility to ourselves to try to make things workable.

I think a mistake a lot of people make is to think of nature as something infallible (although the rules which it operates by may be). Its probably impossible to rate nature in non subjective terms, so were forced to analyze things in relation to how it affects our quality of life.

Its interesting to look back at the periods leading up to the major extinction events. How alien must have something like the Paleozoic era looked to us.

Interzone / Re: Genetic Engineering
« on: December 31, 2009, 01:04:58 PM »
There is little point in being human if you aren't going to bend nature to your will (objectively nature is bending itself by proxy). Your instincts are that of an ape, and your planet has you scheduled for eventual extinction if you do nothing. Do you think a "natural" (animalistic) lifestyle is part of an ecosystem where everything is in harmony with your species? There's no harmony, just alternating stages of chaos and equilibrium.

intelligence was created by nature, therefore everything created by intelligence is also from nature. Nothing humans can do can be considered unnatural. Even if humans exterminate 80% of life on the earth, nature itself has done much worse on this planet alone.

Actions should only be subjectively measured by their benefit to humanity. You don't "save the planet" out of altruism, the planet doesn't need you or your help. You preserve things because it is in your best self interest to do so.

The point is to use genetic engineering in thoughtful and productive ways, Even the simplest of tools can be made dangerous in the hands of a moron.

Interzone / Re: Activities of users of this forum
« on: December 14, 2009, 10:07:39 PM »


The stupid truck is an inside joke for the person i painted it for.

Interzone / Re: Genetic Engineering
« on: December 10, 2009, 03:47:56 PM »
Regarding NHA: genetic drift is possible, but it does not happen when you have a large population size. I don't know what you mean by evolutionary dead end, could you please explain?

Sometimes you get unlucky and the population converges on a local minima right away and gets stuck there, unable to reach the global minima. The way you select and breed has a large impact on how often this happens, and sometimes mutations can get things rolling again, but regardless it still happens from time to time.

Interzone / Re: Genetic Engineering
« on: December 09, 2009, 05:19:08 PM »
Check out genetic algorithms and neural networks from various AI resources. Obviously its a way stripped down version of the real thing, but its pretty cool to see how a pool of random garbage can converge on something interesting.

In as little as 300 generations you can evolve a chromosome that has encoded the right sequences of thrusts and rotations to land a probe on the moon safely. An interesting property of evolutionary computing is that you don't actually have to know how to solve a problem, just how to rate the quality of intermediate solutions.

In any case, you'll get a feel for some of the pitfalls involved in evolution. For example, excessive elitism causes the population to converge too quickly on non optimal solutions. Evolutionary dead ends are there too, after something stagnates for too long its better to just exterminate and start over.

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